Arkansas Ranks 39th in Report Linking Education to Success in Adulthood

JANUARY 3, 2007 - Posted at 4:00 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Arkansas ranks 39th in a report released today that examines the effect states' education policies and socio-economic factors have on success in adulthood.

The "Quality Counts 2007" study suggests that a child born in Virginia is more likely to experience academic and financial success as an adult than a child in any other state.  New Mexico ranks the lowest in the report, which was produced by Education Week.

The report examined factors such as family income, parental education, preschool enrollment and high school graduation rates.

It found:

-In Arkansas, 32.4 percent of children have at least one parent with a postsecondary degree.  West Virginia had the same, while only Louisiana and Nevada had lower percentages.  North Dakota had the highest percentage, 57.9.

-Arkansas ranked above the national average of percentage of three-and-four-year-olds enrolled in pre-school.  The state had 48.1 percent of those children enrolled, compared with 44.8 percent nationally.

-The state had 71.8 percent of its public school students graduate from high school.  New Jersey led the states with 84.5 percent, while Arkansas did better than 23 states.

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